BTW Articles

05 Mar

Promoting Indies Introduce In and Out of the Bookstore

As titles featured in the Spring 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices/Debut Authors promotion begin appearing on bookstore shelves, booksellers are finding ways to not only promote the new books but also highlight their unique role in introducing customers to new authors.

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27 Feb

Booksellers Enthusiastically Sign On to Indies First Storytime Day

Following last week’s announcement of Indies First Storytime Day, booksellers have begun inviting their favorite local authors to host an in-store storytime on the day of the event, May 17, 2014, to foster a celebration of the love of reading within their communities.

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27 Feb

James Patterson Grant Recipients Make Plans for Funds

Bookstores receiving grants last week in the first round of awards from author James Patterson are putting the funds to use in ways that both emphasize their role in their communities and underscore Patterson’s goal of promoting literacy.

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19 Feb

Indie Booksellers and the Business of Self-Publishing Explored at Wi9

The Winter Institute education session “Indie Booksellers and the Business of Self-Publishing” examined the growth in self-publishing and outlined ways that independent booksellers can serve authors in their communities while benefiting their businesses.

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18 Feb

Retail Sales at Bookstores End the Year Down

December 2013 retail sales at bookstores were down by 0.5 percent compared to December 2012, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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20 Feb

Kate DiCamillo and ABA Launch Indies First Storytime Day

Building on the success of the Indies First movement launched last year by Sherman Alexie, ABA today unveiled plans for Indies First Storytime Day, spearheaded by award-winning author Kate DiCamillo, the Library of Congress’ 2014 –2015 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

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20 Feb

Booksellers Host Valentine’s Day Events, Sales Made for Lovers

Whether they featured classic literary love stories, promoted modern stories of dating and romance, or celebrated an appreciation for their customers, booksellers enjoyed a bump in sales and increased traffic in their stores for Valentine’s Day.

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20 Feb

Around Indies

Blue Frog Books opens in Michigan; Naperville READS and Harper Collins join forces for common cause; Common Good Books announces poetry contest; Russo’s Books, reinvented

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20 Feb

Webinar Contextualizes Independent Business Survey Findings

On Tuesday, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies hosted a webinar on the findings of this year’s Independent Business Survey, the post-holiday survey of independent business owners across the U.S., which was released earlier this month.

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16 Jan

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in November

November retail sales at bookstores were down by 4.2 percent compared to November 2012, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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